Sarah Jarosz – Build Me Up From Bones

Read our review of Sarah Jarosz’s ‘Build Me Up From Bones’


Sarah Jarosz – Build Me Up From Bones – A Highlight Of The Year


Americana Music Association members are now able to cast their votes for nominees for the 2014 Americana Awards in Nashville TN in September.  In considering some of the best releases in the past twelve months, I was reminded of Build Me Up From Bones.

Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Sarah Jarosz’s new album Build Me Up From Bones (Sugar Hill Records) has been racking up the accolades.  Already a seasoned veteran of both studio and stage at just twenty-two years old, the young virtuoso debuted her third album in September this year.  The release garnered two Grammy-nominations (Best Folk Album as well as Best American Roots Song).

Build Me Up From Bones was co-produced by Sarah and her longtime collaborator – Grammy award-winning engineer and producer Gary Paczosa.  The album features guest appearances from some luminaries – Kate Rusby, Jerry Douglas, Darrell Scott, Aoife O’Donovan, Chris Thile and Dirk Powell.  The collection of tunes reflect a seasoned sensibility and are perfectly executed: two covers (a beautiful pared-back rendition of Dylan’s “Simple Twist Of Fate” and “The Book Of Right-On” by Joanna Newsom) along with nine originals.  The end result of the package is delightful.  I have lost count of the number of times I’ve listened to Build Me Up From Bones.

After four years of balancing a career with her studies at the New England Conservatory, Jarosz, along with musicians Alex Hargreaves on fiddle and Nathaniel Smith on cello (who feature heavily on the album and are both prodigies in their own right), wrapped up a very successful U.S. tour in 2013.



Here’s a sample of what you may or may not have seen on that tour – three of the new tracks “Over The Edge”, “Build Me Up From Bones” and “Fuel The Fire”.





“With ‘Build Me Up From Bones’ (Sugar Hill), her third album, she moves past precocity toward the full bloom of artistry: the singing is more deeply self-assured, and the songs are grounded in truer emotional terrain.” – The New York Times

“The lavishly talented singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist shimmers and haunts…” – USA Today

“Her latest is more organic, a trio setting that emphasizes the value of space. The songs breathe. From the perspective of composition and structure, the music is more complex and nuanced, too. Jarosz’s voice, warm and elastic, rings out strong and clear.” – The Boston Globe

“A gifted multi-instrumentalist…the 22-year-old Texan emphasizes her evocative songwriting as strongly as she does her instrumental technique…these new songs are among Jarosz’ more personal as well as her most eloquently austere.” – CMT Edge


Read our review of Sarah Jarosz’s ‘Build Me Up From Bones’

Read our review of Sarah Jarosz’s ‘Build Me Up From Bones’

Read our review of Sarah Jarosz’s ‘Build Me Up From Bones’



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  1. Thanks – you’ve made my day. Good luck with starting up the blog!

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